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Now What?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, 

The really big next step, one that actually produces progress, is going to take some time. After all, the great deadline of Sept. 15 declared by the NHL commissioner only marked the expiry of the collective agreement, not the start of the season or even the start of training camps. No one in this mess will be inclined to get serious about labour negotiations until pay cheques and gate receipts are missed, which is almost four weeks away.

There is no reason for NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr and the players to do anything right now. They know they have the moral high ground and are, for a change, winning the public relations battle. And the league is doing nothing except shooting itself in both feet right now with Sunday's statement as Exhibit A.

First of all, the NHL seems to be the only business in the world that thinks the expiry of a labour agreement means business must cease. This is the fourth time since 1992 the league ceased operations due to a labour dispute and it is the third time the owners locked out the players, all three of them coming on Gary Bettman's watch.

Where every other business carries on operations while a new labour agreement is being negotiated, with both labour and management rightly regarding a strike or lockout as the absolute last resort, Bettman and his chief labour strategist, outside counsel Bob Batterman, rush to lock the doors.

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Stop The PR War And A Unique Solution

Two videos from CBC, the first one Elliotte Friedman suggests the tweets and pr propoganda needs to stop and the second video, is Kevin O'Leary suggesting the NHL dump the current playes and bring in new blood.


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It Sounds So Easy

from Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal,

So nothing existential is at stake in hockey's labor dispute. All that is left for owners to push for is to shrink the players' share of revenues and lock in lower costs moving forward. That would likely raise the values of their franchises.

The players, who gathered nearly 300 strong in New York recently, understand they have made out pretty well, too. But they don't want be treated like chumps. If the league needs more money to support its weaker franchises, the players don't want to be the only ones to supply it.

So, a few percentage points off the players' share, a little more revenue sharing. League lawyers and Fehr, the fiery former leader of baseball's union who was markedly calm last week as the deadline approached, know how this is done.


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Justin Morneau On Donald Fehr

"He's a great communicator. He's up-front, he puts it out there -- what he thinks is best for the union -- and he's just a great leader." 

"You're willing to trust his opinion and his leadership and his instincts.  He's just a perfect union boss, I think."

-Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins, via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.

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Video- NHLPA Has A Message For You

A few NHL players deliver a message about the NHL lockout.


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Left With Nothing

And so, let us pause now to ponder the colossal stupidity of the lockout and all that it entails.

If you're connected to the game, if you're a fan, a journalist, a PR staffer, a player, a GM or an owner, there is a certain conceit connected to being a puckhead, a certain sense of propriety about The Game.

Whether it's part of your DNA, as is the case with so many Canadians, or you have just fallen in love with the game through other levels of exposure, there is for the most part a connection that is palpable, unique.

It's this kind of connection that allows players and owners to take fans for granted and regularly close down the game for their own good.

You'd think we'd be used to it by now.

Still, we pause to ponder the great opportunity lost, the great opportunity to prove that such sentiments were actually true and/or worthwhile.


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All These Late Signings

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, 

On Friday, teams signed players to more than $100-million (U.S.) worth of contract extensions and the mad rush continued on Saturday morning, when the Boston Bruins announced that popular power forward Milan Lucic, a 61-point player last season, had agreed to a three-year extension, worth $18-million.

But the most curious contract of all had to be the four-year, $21.2-million deal inked by Shane Doan with the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that is still owned by the NHL itself.

In effect, the NHL itself joined the signing stampede to get Doan under contract, even though the optics of the league-wide spending spree continue to send a mixed message to players and fans alike.

If things are so bad in this agreement, then why don’t the teams collectively postpone their player signing decisions until there is a new CBA in place?

Theoretically, it could be because they expect another rollback in whatever agreement is coming next.

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Want To Speak Up?

As the clock moves towards midnight and a lockout of the players by the NHL, hockey fans feel betrayed, frustrated, upset, etc.

If you want your feelings known, feel free to leave a comment below...

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A PA Pioneer

Danny Lewicki, who fought the labor battle...

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It’s Getting Dark In Here

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, 

Bettman and Fehr have been going at it for months now, and neither has conceded an inch. Now, they play chicken. Bettman has presided over two, soon to be three, lockouts. Fehr has been through multiple work stoppages, including a strike that caused the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. They have their constituencies, and the fans are not among them.So here we go again.

Hockey is on the shelf amid a sheath of paperwork. The game is going dark. The Columbus All-Star Game is in jeopardy.

On the bright side, no doubt ticket prices will be lower whenever they get back — a nod to the greatest fans in the world.


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